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LED Lighting Strip and The Possibilities Are Endless
LED strip or LED tape is a versatile lighting solution that provides endless possibilities. Let me start by explaining what it actually is:
LED lighting strip in its essence, is a continuous row of LEDs that have been soldered together with resistors to form a circuit. When powered by a power supply or driver, the LEDs produce a seamless light, similar to a fluorescent. LEDs are low voltage and require a DC (direct current supply) which is usually 12 or 24 volt DC. When connecting the strips to a mains voltage power source, the use of a power supply of LED driver must be used. The power of the driver is determined by the wattage and the length of the strip.
There are three main types of LED strips; the first is none waterproof. This version is the most basic and fragile as the LEDs are placed on a piece of card or plastic without any cover to protect them. The second type silicone coated, this is waterproof and rated at IP65. This version is made up of a similar row of LEDs but is covered by a clear, thin silicone layer.
The silicone version is not self adhesive, when sticking this to a surface, double sided tape or an adhesive must be used. The third version, which in my opinion is the best, is the epoxy coated LED strip. This version provides greater protection as the LEDs are sealed and set into the epoxy resin. This version is waterproof, rated at IP65 and self adhesive. The epoxy version infuses the best assets of the other LED strips.